Floating on the Snake RiverAugust 16 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 73 °F
A float trip down the Snake River through the Grand Teton National Park. Lovely, relaxing and wildlife such as eagles.
We were out the door by 7:30 to go to the Grand Teton National Park. First stop was Mormon Row, an early settlement, followed by many outlooks and scenic spots, seeing Pronghorns. The closest to a bear was an exhibit at Willow Springs where a Ranger talked about bears in the area (the paths were blocked off due to heavy near activity), as well as a wolf family that had migrated from Yellowstone.
The Grand Tetons leave you in awe of the beauty and ruggedness of the Park, with snow pack still visible in August. Jackson Lake was very low but I loved the bike trails throughout the park with many groups using them.
After encountering a family wedding taking pictures we realized that it was starting to get crowded so we headed back to Jackson, finishing the day at a local brewery talking to a local internet reporter.Read more
Aww the need to be flexible! Rt 13 into Jackson had long delays—we heard it from many people at the campground and even Google Maps routed us around it. Yes, Google maps took us up Rt 318, an almost empty paved road. Then we hit Colorado 10N which gave us 30 miles of unpaved road, and took us through open range land (watch for cows in the road because they’re just wandering around). Also, beautiful, rocky, wild scenery, going through BLM land and a Wild Horse Sanctuary, with canyons and animal trails up the side of steep hills.
And took a rock in the windshield as well. Need to get that fixed. Made it to Jackson—it’s going to be a great visit.Read more
A restful and low key stop for us where we combined the necessary grocery and errand running (including getting a mani/pedi) with just enjoying this peaceful mountain town. I had a nice horseback ride in the hills above SS with a guide who was full of info about local ranchers, including a yearly horse drive from winter quarters to summer quarters. I would love to see that!
My horse was very tall—Dale said watching me get on it was pretty funny—no mounting blocks.
We camped along a creek with nice neighbors who came over for beer—2 single parents each with their pre-teen kids, 5 total including a set of triplets—and just relaxed. What a nice town!Read more
Outside of Palisade CO, we drove the Grand Mesa Scenic Byway, which started with majestic rock-bare bluffs, then transitioning into mountains, aspen forests, alpine meadows and lakes. Although there are scattered ranches, much of this is either Colorado state land or parks, or the Grand Mesa National Forest, with altitudes over 10,000 feet. The views were smoky and hazy from western wildfires but the scenery is beautiful, even seeing some Colorado pronghorn by the side of the road. The Grand Mesa National Forest visitor center, at 10,000 feet, is set on a pond where people were fishing, walking their dogs (Dunbar always makes friends), hiking and kayaking. A bit chilly at that altitude.
Dale, continuing his hunt for good restaurants, found The Palisade Cafe and Wine Bar where we had cold fruit soup and Ahi tacos....and hard cider. Off to Steamboat Springs tomorrow.Read more
Palisade CO is a great little town outside of Grand Junction, CO, which seems to have the motto: "A peachy town with a drinking problem". Although surrounded by brown, dry bluffs, Palisade is on both sides of the Colorado River and is filled with peach orchards, apple orchards and vineyards. Add in the buildings next to our campground which seems to be a marijuana growing operation, and you have tourists on bicycles and those visiting for the many hiking trails in the area. A few are visiting the Cameo Shooting and Education Center for practicing gun and archery skills.
Dale was in the mood for good food and quickly found a distillery, while I located an excellent bakery for breakfast. For lunch it was a hard cider restaurant with very good food. The town had outdoor artwork everywhere but our favorite was the list of Palisade Grouches for each year. And after driving the area, we found a farm stand with peaches and peach cobbler.
We finished the day with a trip to Palisade Brewing where a bluegrass band was playing. Midway through the set, a bridal party made a stop to cheers from the crowd. Clearly this was the spot to be on a Friday night in Palisade.Read more
Near Pikes Peak, this is a town known for its 7 springs with mineral water. Also one of the top “hippie” towns in the US with Wiccan shops, artisan galleries and —my favorite—beignets!
Gassed up at $4 a gallon! Dale’s reaction “f**** hippie state”Read more
Starting with breakfast at the Happy Endings, set in a caboose, we headed for the Royal Gorge, a canyon part of the Arkansas River in Canon City Colorado. A footbridge goes over it (uhm NO) and gondolas as well. Cars from all over including the Cheyenne Nation of Oklahoma.Read more
Corn fields, cows and even a herd of Buffalo, we drove Nashville to Columbia MO on Saturday and onto Kansas on Sunday.
The air is hazy, probably due to wild fires in the west and western Kansas hasn’t had rain in over a month. Although wind farms are not surprising, the number of oil and gas wells in the western part was not expected. Shows that the best way to get to know a region is on the ground, not flying over it on a plane.Read more